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Old Bass Made in Japan ,Identify ?

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[size=4]Hello Bass people , I have a old Japanese P bass I've had it since about 1986 , sounds good to me I use it on my demos/ Albums I've no idea what it is as there is no brand name .[attachment=225868:WP_20160629_15_04_04_Pro.jpg][attachment=225868:WP_20160629_15_04_04_Pro.jpg][attachment=225869:WP_20160629_15_04_10_Pro.jpg][attachment=225875:WP_20160629_15_05_39_Pro.jpg][attachment=225876:WP_20160629_15_06_49_Pro.jpg][attachment=225873:WP_20160629_15_05_10_Pro.jpg][attachment=225874:WP_20160629_15_05_26_Pro.jpg][attachment=225876:WP_20160629_15_06_49_Pro.jpg][/size]



[size=4]It's pretty heavy and has a Silver Sticker on it with a serial number 815648 [/size]
[size=4]I thought some one on here may well be able to identify it,
Can anyone identify it please ? Thanks[/size]

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Hi Thunderpaws thanks for the reply, I think I might need to take the neck off and see if there's any clues there and look at the electrics

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Moridaira serial sticker. You'll find the same serials on Morris, HS Anderson & MIJ Hohners, all of which came from Moridaira.

Not sure how the serials work, but I'm inclined to think they're sequential rather than date-coded. Did you buy it new? It looks late 70s/early 80s to me.

Anyway yeah - your bass came from the same factory as Prince's MadCat Tele copy. B)

Jon.

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Wow, thanks Jon (bassassin) I was given the bass by my brother after he'd sold of bits of my Shaftesbury les Paul ,as compensation,70's to 80's sounds about right he got it of a friend of his.
Many thanks 1song

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Looks very similar to a Maya fretless precision I recently owned. Similar machine heads, nut and neck plate stamp.

However, Jon is yer man for MIJ ID.
Little cracker though.

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[quote name='oldslapper' timestamp='1472315734' post='3120329']
Looks very similar to a Maya fretless precision I recently owned. Similar machine heads, nut and neck plate stamp.

However, Jon is yer man for MIJ ID.
Little cracker though.
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A lot of crossover on components on MIJ stuff, lots of parts came from Gotoh. However Maya is currently reckoned to have been made by Chushin Gakki - who were actually a hardware manufacturer which expanded into full guitar production. They continued to supply parts to other builders though, just to help muddy the waters!

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[quote name='Bassassin' timestamp='1471965959' post='3117306']
cYou'll find the same serials on Morris, HS Anderson & MIJ Hohners, all of which came from Moridaira.

Not sure how the serials work, but I'm inclined to think they're sequential rather than date-coded. Did you buy it new? It looks late 70s/early 80s to me.

Anyway yeah - your bass came from the same factory as Prince's MadCat Tele copy. B)

Jon.


[/quote] Jon any ideas about what sort of price they go for ? ( but its a keeper)

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[quote name='1song' timestamp='1472519889' post='3121807']
Jon any ideas about what sort of price they go for ? ( but its a keeper)
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I would value it in its current condition....... Somewhere in the region of £10,000,000. Are you sure you wouldn't part with it? :D

Seriously though, a bass like this would be impossible to value accurately. I wouldn't say it's worth a lot though.

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Like The Boy says, not easy to put a value on a bass like this. With vintage MIJ stuff the name on the headstock can actually make a significant difference to its value - so when there isn't one (which is surprisingly common) it can be a disadvantage.

Also of the MIJ factories, Moridaira isn't the best-known (despite their top-quality instruments) so it's not got the same recognition that a Matsumoku or Fujigen might have.

On the other hand there's a lot more recognition of the quality of 70s & 80s Japanese instruments, so that's in its favour. Tricky to talk actual figures but if I was selling this myself, say on a 99p no reserve Ebay list, I'd hope for about £175 and likely be happy with £150 or so.

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[quote name='1song' timestamp='1472608547' post='3122594']
Ok thanks, might let it go for £10,000,000 🎶
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Oi Oi ..... Not so fast....... There's rules around here. You'll have to list it in the basses for sale thread first and pay your £20 listing fee. :D
The lengths some people will go to........... :D

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